There are multiple reasons sedation is used in conjunction with dentistry. Surgical procedures may require IV sedation where the patient is placed in a deep state of sedation. And more recently, many patients who have suffered from extreme anxiety at the very thought of visiting the dentist have discovered the value of oral conscious sedation. Our pediatric dentist can also calm down a nervous child with nitrous oxide. This form of sedation is mixed with oxygen to produce a feeling of euphoria.
This type of sedation is delivered via a nose cone which is initiated several minutes before a procedure begins. Children reach a level of relaxation that allows our pediatric dentist to administer needed care. Patients of all ages are able to relax with nitrous oxide allowing the dentist to anesthetize (if needed) and proceed with treatment. Once treatment reaches its conclusion, the nitrous oxide is turned off and the patient is immediately restored to their normal self.
Patients who experience severe anxiety may go years without even having their teeth cleaned. This is not only detrimental to dental health, but overall health as well. Your dentist will undergo additional education as well as maintain a properly equipped office and trained staff to offer oral conscious sedation.
The patient will take an initial sedative at home about one hour before their scheduled appointment. Upon arrival at the dental office, additional sedatives are administered that will place the patient in a very calm state. While not asleep during treatment, many patients report that they felt like they slept and can remember little, if anything, about their procedure.
Patients are monitored throughout their stay at the dental office for their comfort and safety. Once alert enough, patients are allowed to leave the office and are advised to return home to rest for the remainder of the day.
Reserved primarily for surgical procedures, this type of sedation is delivered intravenously. It works quickly, and the patient may feel groggy for several hours following treatment completion.
To learn more about sedation dentistry or to schedule a visit, contact our team at The Smiley Tooth Pediatric Dental Specialists today.